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CLARION, Iowa – The murder trial of a north Iowa teenager is back on Friday, after the snowstorm forced it to be cancelled Thursday.
Noah Crooks is charged in the shooting death of his mother Gretchen in their rural Osage home back in March of 2012.
There were some interesting developments in court as jurors heard from one of Noah Crooks’ family members.
From that testimony the jury learned more about what the 14-year old murder suspect was like growing up, including the relationship he had with his mother.
It’s an emotional day in the courtroom as Noah Crooks father William takes the witness stand. He recalls that on March 24th, 2012, he received a text message from his son.
“It said Dad you need to come home, I accidentally killed mom.”
William goes on to say that he thought the text was some kind of joke, but when he arrived home later that day, the Sheriff told him what happened.
“Sheriff walked up to me and explained to me that my wife had passed away and that Noah had shot her.”
William tells the jury there were about five guns in the house. He says he taught Noah how to use the weapons. William also reveals that the victim, his wife Gretchen, bought Noah his very own rifle, the same one investigators say was used to kill her.
William said that Noah and Gretchen seemed to have a typical mother-son relationship.
“They’d have their issues but then the next minute they’d play games together I’d say it was, well I guess now looking back, but it was good,” he explains.
The state also called several witnesses from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to testify.
The jury heard from two criminalists; two of which processed the crime scene and the other examined blood stain patterns on the scene and determined that Gretchen’s body was moved after she had been shot.
The state medical examiner who did the victim’s autopsy also testified that the cause of death was gunshot wounds.
William crooks says that he and Gretchen allowed Noah to play violent video games. He also says Noah showed some violent behavior throughout his childhood, including pulling all of his hair out and destroying furniture with knives.
The trial is set to continue Monday morning at 10:30, with more witnesses taking the stand.